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May 8, 2012 6:00am PDT
hospital for a possible move to the united states. the deal was reached after days of tense negotiations between the u.s. and chinese officials. today, we look at how the two major powers negotiated a diplomatic mine field. >> reporter: a blind man escapes house arrest in shandong province and the crisis meetings begin. civil rights activist chen guangcheng slipped past his guards on april 22nd. four days later, he sought sanctuary at the u.s. embassy in beijing. chen had campaigned against forced abortions under china's one child policy. he complained of illegal detention, beatings and persecution of his family. his internet protest couldn't have come at a worse time for chinese authorities. just days before, they had talks with washington. but u.s. officials were equally keen to avoid a diplomatic confrontation. they need cooperation from china on hostile economic and strategic issues, not least in tackling nuclear programs of north korea and iran. on may 2nd, u.s. officials announced they had worked out a deal with the chinese government. chen was transferred to a hospital for treatme
KCSMMHZ
May 2, 2012 6:00am PDT
future of the u.s. mission. >> today i signed an historic agreement between the united states and afghanistan that defines a new kind of relationship between our countries. a future in which afghans are responsible for the security of their nation. and we build an equal partnership between two sovereign states. >> president obama and hamid karzai signed an agreement that cements the u.s. commitment to afghanistan after combat troops are scheduled to leave in 2014. it's expected to remain in effect until 2024. the deal allows u.s. forces to train afghan soldiers and engage in sweep operations against al qaeda. >> our goal is to destroy al qaeda, and we are on a path to do exactly that. >> this was obama's first visit to afghanistan since december 2010 and the third since he took office. >>> the taliban have claimed responsibility for an attack in kabul just hours after obama left the country. they killed at least seven people. a taliban spokesperson says they carried out their assault to protest obama's visit. the insurgents struck early in the morning at a fortified compound that
KCSMMHZ
May 11, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> relatives of japanese abducted by north korean agents are in the united states looking for help. they've asked a key member of congress for further cooperation in resolving the issue. members of the association of families of victims kidnapped by north korea met ileana ros-lehtinen in washington, the chairperson of the foreign affairs committee of the house of representatives. the group says it told the republican lawmaker about an american man who was allegedly kidnapped by north korea. the man went missing in china's yunnan province in 2004. ros-lehtinen reportedly expressed strong interest in the case and said she will discuss the matter in congress and with the state department. she also said she wants to tackle the abductions of japanese nationals and suggested that imposing more sanctions on north korea may be important in resolving the issue. >> translator: i want americans to see that the abduction issue matters to them as much as it does to people in japan, and that the two countries should jointly work to resolve the problem. >>> economic growth in southeast asia has led to boo
KCSMMHZ
May 30, 2012 6:00am PDT
in 2006 and 2009 when talks with the united states stalled. it is believed to have used plutonium on those occasions, but experts suspect that after 2002 the north has moved on to nuclear development using enriched uranium. and the international community is looking on forcing the north to abandon this program. >> the united states is obviously in the minds of north korean leaders. now how do you think north korea, now saying it is a nuclear power, affect the situation on the korean peninsula? >> well, it's obvious that the north wanted to cement the fact that it has now joined the nuclear club and send a strong message to the united states that it can now negotiate on an equal footing. recently a north korean foreign ministry spokesperson suggested that currently the north has no plans for performing a nuclear test. this shows the north koreans are in dialogues and talks with the united states, but with a presidential election only five months away, the obama administration cannot afford to devote himself to the north's nuclear issue. and it's highly unlikely that the united states
KCSMMHZ
May 21, 2012 6:00am PDT
>>> in china, in japan, and in the united states millions of people gathered to catch a glimpse of a rare celestial event. welcome to nhk world "newsline." an annular solar eclipse only comes around once in a lifetime depending where you live. that's why people from the united states to china to japan stopped hours ago to stare at the sky. they used telescopes, protective glasses or pinhole cameras to see the moon pass in front of the sun and create a ring of fire. these are images of the eclipse sped up 260 times. it lasted from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on where viewers were. an annular solar eclipse occurs when the sun, moon, and earth are in perfect alignment. the moon appears smaller than the sun so a bright ring forms around the moon. here's the path of the eclipse across the pacific ocean. millions of people around the world caught the view. people also saw a rare phenomenon called baily's beads. the surface of the moon has mountains and valleys. when the sun back lit the moon forms like sparkling beads dotted the ring's edge. many commuters in tokyo caught th
KCSMMHZ
May 25, 2012 6:00am PDT
between pack sustain and the united states. the foreign minister spoke about the sore spot. she says she supports a court decision to imprison a pakistani doctor who helped american intelligence authorities track down al qaeda leader osama bin laden. >> you have to respect the law of every country. and you have to respect our expectations of each other and realistic expectations and i think the expectation for any one country to go against the laws is not a realistic or healthy expectation. >> pakistani courts sentenced shakil afridi wednesday to 33 years in prison for treason. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton denounced the ruling as unjust. she says the obama administration will continue to pursue the issue with pakistani authorities. u.s./pakistan relations worsened after american special forces raided a compound near islamabad last may and killed bin laden. they took another hit after u.s. helicopters killed 24 pakistani soldiers last november. pakistan's government retaliated by closing supply routes for nato forces in afghanistan. foreign minister khar says u.s. authoriti
KCSMMHZ
May 24, 2012 6:00am PDT
. others view it as a warning to the united states. so it's a little difficult to know. it's a mixed message. >> davies urged north korean leaders to commit to fulfilling the promises they have made in the past. >>> talks on iran's nuclear program have entered a second day after rejecting proposals by six countries to halt its uranium enrichment. negotiators from iran, the united states and other countries started their second day of talks in baghdad. the countries urged iran to stop producing highly enriched uranium as the material could be used for nuclear weapons. in return, the countries proposed easing sanctions against iran, including an embargo on u.s. aircraft parts. in response, iran presented a package of five proposals and demanded the right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. the talks resumed in april after a 15-month break. the negotiators are trying to reach an agreement that would allow the discussions to continue. western diplomatic sources say breaking off the dialogue is not an option. >>> aung san suu kyi will make her first trip abroad in 24 years next week. m
KCSMMHZ
May 22, 2012 6:00am PDT
months after the september 11th attacks in 2001. united states was already involved in a full-scale offensive against the taliban whom they accused of harboring osama bin laden. isaf is composed of 130,000 troops from 50 countries. 90,000 of them are from the united states. their mission has been to stabilize the situation in afghanistan and to help the government of president hamid karzai reconstruct the country. they have also been in charge of training afghan security forces. over the past decade, some 3,000 coalition troops have been killed while fighting the taliban and other insurgents. the cost of maintaining troops in afghanistan has become a heavy burden on nations providing support. in 2010, the afghan government signed an agreement to take over security operations from coalition forces by the end of 2014. but some countries are already seeking an early exit. in france, recently elected president francois hollande promised during his election campaign that he will bring all french troops home by the end of this year. australian prime minister julia gillard also wants most
KCSMMHZ
May 23, 2012 6:00am PDT
after a 15-month break. the world powers consist of the united states, russia, china, britain, france, and germany. their representatives are expected to push iran to agree that scientists should stop producing highly enriched uranium. experts say the material could be used for nuclear weapons. the negotiators will also likely demand the iranian government shut down some of its underground nuclear facilities. in exchange, representatives of iran will push for the u.s. and the eu to lift their economic sanctions targeting their country's oil exports. governments around the world are watching to see if the two sides can find common ground and forge an agreement. >>> executives at mazda and fiat are trying to steer their companies in a similar direction. they're linking up the japanese and italian automakers to give them a fresh, competitive edge. mazda spokespersons announced wednesday the company will form an alliance with fiat which is affiliated with u.s. automaker chrysler. their plan calls for mazda to supply its sports car sold as the roadster in japan to fiat. fiat would market t
KCSMMHZ
May 7, 2012 6:00am PDT
will run through may 18th. south korea and the united states hold drills twice a year to prepare for possible air battles with north korea or attacks on military bases. a south korean defense ministry spokesperson says the exercise involves more than 60 aircraft including fighter jets, surveillance planes with early warning systems are also involved. south korea says it has deployed cruise missiles that can strike any part of the north, just after north korea's failed attempt to launch a long range missile last month. the north claims it was a rocket carrying a satellite. >>> in the off season, japanese born baseball star yu darvish moved to the major league team the texas rangers. baseball fans in japan and the u.s. have been watching his exploits. but they're not the only ones because darvish's father is from iran. he also has a small but keen following there. nhk world has more. >> reporter: in late march, the west asia baseball cup was held in pakistan. there were four teams in the competition. pakistan, sri lanka, afghanistan, and iran. iran has long been at odds with the u.s. a
KCSMMHZ
May 17, 2012 6:00am PDT
. it urged u.n. member states to be more thorough with freight inspections. >>> the united nations and foreign governments go to great lengths to try to figure out what is happening inside north korea. but the country is secretive and unpredictable. that's why the u.s. and south korea are keeping their militaries at the ready. air force personnel from both nations are staging the largest ever joint drill on the korean peninsula. nhk world reports from seoul. >> reporter: the pilot of this plane takes off for an exercise called max thunder. the crews of 50 jets from the u.s. and south korea are taking part. >> and when we train together, we know there is no force that can beat us. >> reporter: during one exercise, f-15 and f-16 jet fighters took off from kwangju air base. the pilots performed role play exercises taking the parts of ally or enemy. the organizers put guided bombs and missiles on display at the base. personnel can load the weapons on to fighter jets to attack enemy aircraft or ships. >> translator: any power that threatens peace on the korean peninsula will be thorough
KCSMMHZ
May 9, 2012 6:00am PDT
europe and the united states. their share has grown from 8% in 2001 to 26% in just ten years. ryanair has the largest share of international passengers. now let's turn the globe. asia pacific aviation says there are currently 51 low-cost carriers across asia. riding the tailwind of peach aviation, two japanese budget airlines will answer the market later this year. they're joined this year by no-frills airline from the philippines and singapore. china's state-run airline is also planning to launch a low-cost carrier. one expert said local carriers have a bright future in this region. >> translator: budget airlines are likely to expand quickly in asia and latin america, carried along by the economic growth in these regions. >> analysts say demand for budget flights is growing but so is competition among the carriers. for more on the success for japan's newcomers and current business climate, here's nhk world's mitsuko nishikawa. >> local carriers are now operating out of china, south korea, singapore, and elsewhere. so japanese airliners were late in entering the asian market. but the expe
KCSMMHZ
May 14, 2012 6:00am PDT
. singapore is a half day ahead of the united states. that means lucas film can work 24 hours a day from its base in san francisco. 500 people now work at the singapore studio. 200 more will be hired over the next two years. >> singapore offers very good infrastructure, it intellectual property is protected, which is very important for us, and also we got very good support from the government to develop the entertainment business over the long term. >> reporter: next year, lucas film plans to open a new studio in the same multimedia industrial zone as the government funded mediapolis, now under construction. the singapore government will build state of the art facilities on the 19 acre site, including a special effects studio and a digital media lab. the aim is to bring together producers with tv and other multimedia firms. established media giants are not the only targets. here, a government official welcomes the head of a japanese venture firm who came to seek advice. the singapore government even has an investment fund to support new content producers. >> translator: they have a variety o
KCSMMHZ
May 31, 2012 6:00am PDT
. >>> businesses in the united states are racing to stake their claim in space. the company space x is leading the pack. its engineers set the first private cargo craft to the international space station. the dragon as it is called docked last friday to deliver food and other supplies. >> this really is, i think, going to be recognized as a significantly historical step forward in space travels. >> one, zero. >> the dragon's docking is a major boost for u.s. government leaders. their current policy relies on the private sector to develop spacecraft following the end of nasa's shuttle program. >>> let's take a look now at how the folks at space x got to this point and how other companies are positioning themselves in this space race. nhk world has the story. >> reporter: the dragon spacecraft was developed by a venture firm space x. the company entered the space business just ten years ago. now it has a contract with the u.s. space agency nasa to deliver cargo to the iss. space x first hit the headlines in 2010 when it became the first private company to successfully launch a spacecr
KCSMMHZ
May 18, 2012 6:00am PDT
their checks on exports to north korea. japan's ambassador to the united nations wants member states to do a better job at following the rules. >> translator: all u.n. members are bound by u.n. resolutions. everyone is obliged to abide by and implement them. >> tsuneo nishida announced a meeting late this month to help developing nations comply with the trade embargo against north korea. >>> north korea officials are facing finger pointing on another issue. they are accused of jamming navigation systems and disrupting civilian lights in south korea. they deny the allegations. south korean authorities say experts in the north have jammed gps signals between late april and mid-may. they say the actions disrupted flights at the airports of incheon and gimpo. as well as ships in the yellow sea. a spokesperson at north korea's telecommunications ministry issued a denial calling the allegations an attempt to fabricate charges against the north. the telecommunications ministry cited the sinking of a south korean vessel in march 2010 as another example of fabrication. an international invest
KCSMMHZ
May 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
family, hoping to move to the united states, because he says humiditiy human rights are not guaranteed in china. china. chen spoke with nhk by phone thursday afternoon from the beijing hospital to which he had been moved on to wednesday. >> chen said the authorities have set up new surveillance cameras at his home in the shendong province where his mother still lives. the american official who negotiated with china spoke to a radio station. assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs, kurt campbell, said the important thing was whether chen would be able to live a normal life in china. campbell said during his talks with chen, the activist never said a word about asylum or a visit to the united states. a foreign ministry spokesperson says china condemns the way the u.s. embassy accepted chen. >> translator: i'm strongly dissatisfied with what america has done. they took an irregular way of dealing with chen and their interference in china's domestic affairs is unacceptable. >> chen entered the u.s. embassy last thursday after escaping from shandong provin
KCSMMHZ
May 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
wanted to go to the united states with his family, forcing the two governments to resume negotiations over his fate. chen earlier asked for a meeting with u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton. testifying by telephone before a u.s. congressional commission, he said he no longer feels safe in china and wants to leave for the united states. >> the activist said he wants to meet clinton, who is visiting beijing, to seek further support and to thank her face to face. >> your case is the test, the test of the chinese commitment to protect you, which they've given. we're very dubious about those assurances. >> the commission chairman said the u.s. congress will take up the issue adding that the american commitment to the human rights is being put to the test. >>> japan's new fleet of fighter jets is expect to be twice more expensive than initial estimates. the cost is at $10 billion. japan plans to acquire 42 units of the f-35, a jet that has been developed by the united states and other countries. japan earmarked funds to purchase four units this fiscal year on the assumption that each a
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